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The Arts Council was established in 1985 with a mission to nurture, promote, and support high-quality cultural arts activities for the community.  The goals of the Arts Council are to:

  • Advocate for the arts, artists, and arts organizations of Mercer Island.
  • Stimulate community awareness and enjoyment of the fine arts.
  • Promote community education, awareness, and enjoyment of the arts.
  • Support performing, visual, and literary arts programs, projects, and events.

Nine (effective 1/2019) volunteer citizens comprise the board which is staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department. To find out more about these committees, contact the Chair (see below). Volunteers are needed!

Members are recommended to four-year terms by the Mayor & Deputy Mayor, and subject to appointment by the City Council. A City Council member serves as liaison to the group.

The Arts Council members should be able to commit an estimated eight hours of time each month to board activities. Members should possess a broad perspective on the arts, must be willing to facilitate an event that may require a relatively large time commitment for a short period.

Click here for more information about the Arts Council.
Click here to fill out an application to be a member of the Arts Council 

Questions? Contact Sarah Bluvas, the Arts & Culture Coordinator, at or (206) 275-7864.

Length of Term
2nd Wednesday at 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center
Four years running June 1-May 31

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Term Begin
Term End
Anumeha (n/a)   Member   06/04/2019   05/31/2023  
Amy Barnes   Vice-ChairandGalleryChair   06/02/2020   05/31/2024  
Erik Gordon   LiteraryChair   06/05/2018   05/31/2022  
Damian Schwiethale   CommunityRelationsChair   06/05/2018   05/31/2022  
Xixi Shakes   Member   06/05/2017   05/31/2022  
Suzanne Skone   Member   06/04/2019   05/31/2023  
Gaylene Vaden   SpecialProjectsChair   06/05/2018   05/31/2023  
Erin Vivion   ChairandPublicArtChair   10/20/2014   05/31/2021  

Calendar Events

Arts Council Regular Meeting
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
The Mercer Island Arts Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center (8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040), unless otherwise posted.

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